Nisqually magnitude 6.8 earthquake was 12 years ago today

Nisqually earthquake debris in Olympia
The 2001 Nisqually Earthquake caused a building debris to fall into the street of downtown Olympia. Make sure you’re prepared for a natural disaster. Photo: Joe Dragovich/DNR.

It was 12 years ago, today that a magnitude 6.8 earthquake centered 11 miles north of Olympia shook much of Western Washington. The Nisqually Earthquake hit at 10:54 a.m. on February 28, 2001. The Seattle PI website just posted some previously unpublished photos of the damage.

To see more photos of the earthquake damage, take a look at DNR’s Nisqually earthquake information web page.

Recently, DNR worked with the Washington Emergency Managment Division and federal agencies to publish estimates of the potential losses from a magnitude 7.2 earthquake on the Nisqually fault zone. The fault runs beneath Pierce and Thurston counties but 15 other counties would feel this  impact, including King County, which would suffer significant damage along with Pierce and Thurston counties.

Download the report, “Modeling a Magnitude 7.2 Earthquake on the Nisqually Fault Zone near Olympia.” — the title sounds wonky but it is actually a somewhat quick read. And what you’ll come away with after reading the report is (we hope) a strong resolve to be prepared for a disaster wherever you are.

Develop a plan and a disaster supply kit for your household. Learn more from the Washington Emergency Managment Division.

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